APTN National NewsAs occupiers sit in Nalcor’s offices thousands of kilometres away in Labrador, about 100 people held a rally at Ottawa’s human rights monument in support of Billy Gauthier, and the make Muskrat Falls right movement.Gauthier is the Inuk artist who is currently on a hunger strike, consuming water only, in an effort to stop flooding associated with the Muskrat Falls dam project that studies show will poison the land downstream from the project.“If the land and the water are our mother then all of us are brothers and sisters? Gauthier, with shaky legs, asked his supporters. “We can’t forget that – it will only bring us closer and it’s only going to make us fight for what’s right and I guarantee we’ll keep going.”Gauthier has been joined on the hunger strike by Delilah Saunders and Jerry Kohlmeister who are not eating, but consuming broth.Saunders said living off the land was important growing up.“The three of us agreed, we are willing to put our lives on the line because if this goes through it will affect so many more people,” said Saunders. “I want to have a family some day and go ice fishing.”Kohlmeister thanked everyone who came out – then broke down in tears during his speech.“I have a beautiful two year old daughter and I decided to join these people on the hunger strike for her,” he said. “I want her to grow up like I did and live off the land. This means so much to so many people,” he said.Gauthier said he has lost about eight kilograms since beginning his hunger strike nine days ago.He and hundreds of Innu and Inuit in Labrador are concerned about the planned flooding of 11 square kilometres of land for the reservoir for the $11.4 billion Muskrat Falls dam.Studies have shown that the toxin methylmercury will be released when the water mixes with the vegetation and topsoil in the reservoir. That toxin will flow downstream to where Innu and Inuit hunt and fish. To mitigate the risks, they are asking that all vegetation and top soil be removed prior to flooding.The Ottawa rally ran in tandem with rallies in Toronto, Halifax and St. John’s.There is another rally planned for Parliament Hill later this week.Yvonne Jones, the Liberal Labrador MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Affairs did not attend.
Kolkata: Two separate incidents of fire took place in the city on Saturday afternoon with no casualties or injuries being reported.A fire broke out at the second floor of an old two-storeyed building on Elliot Road on Saturday triggering panic among the residents of the building at the time of the incident. Five fire tenders were pressed into action and the situation was brought under control after nearly two hours.Some of the locals spotted smoke billowing out of a room situated on the second floor of the building that lacked any fire fighting mechanism. The matter was immediately reported to the fire brigade. The fire fighters initially faced difficulties to spot the source as thick black smoke had already covered the area. Senior police officers also rushed to the spot. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe traffic movement through Elliot Road was restricted for a couple of hours. A disaster management team also swung into action to bring the situation under control.According to the police, the second floor of the building houses a few private offices. The employees fled the building after a fire alarm was triggered by the locals. According to preliminary investigation, the fire officials suspect that the old building had no fire safety mechanism in place and steps will be taken against the owners if any lapses are found. The cause of the fire and extent of the damage are yet to be ascertained.In another incident, a fire broke out from the meter box of a multi-storeyed building on Sambhunath Pandit Street on Saturday afternoon. Three fire tenders extinguished the flames which might have been caused due to an electrical short circuit. A probe has been initiated.
With a discernment to give their guests a remarkable culinary experience, The Lalit New Delhi hosted Chef Ollie Dabbous and Mixologist Oskar Kinberg, co-owners of the Michelin-starred Dabbous, London from September 29 to October 2.In this one-of-its-kind endeavour, the Michelin Chef and The Lalit Team planed three exceptional gourmet nights at The Lalit New Delhi, which included re-launching European speciality restaurant The Grill Room. The menu was an amalgamation of Chef Ollie’s signature recipes and thoughtful innovations while Mixologist Oskar churned some exotic cocktails to compliment the flavours. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe List at Kitty Su (the only Indian club to be featured in DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs) welcomed its patrons, where Oskar showcased some of his signature cocktails and Ollie delighted the guests with finger food. Bespoke dishes combining contemporary creations with local flavours, prepared by Chef Ollie were served at Baluchi dinner night.Talking about his experience Chef Ollie said, “It is our first time in India and we are very excited to showcase our food to such a varied audience. We are already overwhelmed by the response and also by the Lalit hospitality. I would like to thank Mr Keshav Suri to have given us this opportunity.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“We always like to do something innovative and path breaking for our guests. From Naanery to cheese wheel pasta to Michelin star Chef, I plan to make it bigger and better, for all the food lovers,” added Keshav Suri, Executive Director of The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group. The group has twelve 5-star hotels, palaces and resorts throughout India. However the residency will also introduce international audiences to the Baluchi concept that will be an integral part of The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group’s first overseas hotel, The Lalit London is set to open later this year.